after4ever (6474) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12-oz, capped and foiled, very fresh. Thanks J! Pours opaque jet black with a dense and creamy burnt tan head that falls to a crazy whorl and eddy pattern, like the way freshwater and saltwater mix in an estuary and you can see the stripes. The head is brackish! Speaking of brackish, thereís salty soy sauce on the nose, along with roast, dark chocolate, oak, and lots of fumey bourbon and other alcohol. Not showing really heavy ethanol, which is a testament to their blending skills. Definitely some toasty oaty cerealy notes as well. Thick silky smooth slippery body--not buttery slippery, itís oaty slippery. Roasty toasty notes hit you, then dark chocolate and soy sauce, then sweet bourbon and oaky vanillaness. Long heavy chocolatey finish. Never develops a heavy vodka bite, not even a twang, and doesnít make a lavish display of any ethanol. Quite nicely done. Still pretty thick and raw and heavy, so itís hard to go up into stratospheric numbers, but this is designed to be a big ridiculous dessert beer, not a balanced and harmonious sipper. That it is as balanced and harmonious as it is merits a great score, so...38.
bootsjohn (68) - Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 2 bottle poured halfway into the olí Lakewood Snifter.
Appearance is perfect. This beer is dark as a starless, moonless, flashlightless night. Surprising 1.5 finger head rises from the beer and leaves a dark khaki ring on the glassís edge. Bubbles are fine and consistent throughout.
Aroma is muted at first, then opens dramatically. Lots of roast, almonds, coconut, dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, and, not surprisingly, booze. I originally rated the aroma lower, then realized that it became wonderful as the beer warmed.
Taste is decadent. At first, bitter roasted coffee overwhelmed the taste buds and made the beer unenjoyable. Then amateur hour ended and I let the beer warm to an appreciable temperature, which resulted in a completely different beer. Unfortunately, the first perceivable note is booze. From there the taste improves to feature unsalted caramel, bitter dark chocolate, mid-shelf bourbon, figs, strong vanilla. Thereís still booze on the finish, which takes the taste down a notch.
Mouthfeel is totally full-bodied. Alcohol is pervasive and cuts through the body, but thereís enough body to last a lifetime. Carbonation is visually present, though minimal on the palate.
In summary, this is a great beer. Delicious, robust, and well-made. Quite the beer that Avery has produced. Even more impressive that Batch 2 is on par with Batch 1!
Brouwerij (955) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, batch 2. Pours a very dark brown with dark brown head, amongst the darkest head Iíve seen. Settles quickly with minimal lacing. Aroma is sweet, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and booze. Flavor is strong bourbon, vanilla, sweet oat and alcohol finish. The oats give it a fuller body and smoother texture. Soft carbonation, full body, and smooth texture, the palate really makes this beer. Uncle Jacobís is the ultimate bourbon barrel beer, making Angelís share and Older Viscosity seem light and watery. Few beers can compete with the texture and body of this beer. Have had several of these, and have yet to be disappointed. A superb brew.
SmokeyDaBear (150) - - AUG 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bottle into glass. Has very dark look to it. small amount of tan head is present. It has a nice pallet that is smooth to drink. High presence of bourbon makes beer bitter to taste.
Not my favorite beer, might drink one again.
RobertDale (3920) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - AUG 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with a decent brown head. Aroma of malt, bourbon, chocolate, and fruit. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, cherries, bourbon, coffee, and wood. A big time beer.
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - AUG 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow What a great brew. A hint of cherry in the bourbon barrel flavor. A truly top notch stout. Aged one year at home to perfection.
Jerm719 (124) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big sweet nose. Excellent thick body. Vanilla, bourbon, raisins, sweet chocolate, marshmallow, more bourbon, burnt coffee, brandy, sweet oak, subtle earthy hops. Great beer,I wish just a tad bit more hops were used to balance out the slightly syrupy finish. Will be an amazing beer with some time in the cellar ....
DesertDevil (609) - Arizona, USA - AUG 14, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2014 On tap at the Blue Palms Brewhouse 5th Anniversary. Subdued, smooth bourbon nose with molasses, some chocolate, and slight oak. Pours deep black with a slight bubbly head. Holy cow!; incredibly smooth chocolate and bourbon 1-2 punch from the first sip to the final drop. The oak tannins really bite late before the sweetness of the bourbon grabs hold. Beautiful palate - smooth body with a dry, woody finish. It was easily the best beer at the fest.
Terminus (3311) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - AUG 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at churchkey august 2013
Pours dark brown pretty much black witb a small kacki head nose is all over the place lots oc vanilla chocolate lite char. Damn huge boozy flavors of char dark chocolate and vanilla. Bg beer here but not what Iím into I guess that biases my rating
bytemesis (3979) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - batch #1 - thanks newcigarz! Pours opaque black with a small deep brown head that dissipates fairly quickly with a bit of lacing. Aroma is surprisingly light - notes of bourbon, chocolate, deep roasted malts, wood, dates. Flavor is medium sweet and light bitter with strong bourbon notes and a touch of licorice. Light astringence is apparent from the time spent in wood. Full body, creamy mouthfeel and strongly warming, not surprising given the ABV. This is a nice beer. Cant wait to try B2!